Young Wild Writer Competition

About the 2020 competition, now closed

Hen harriers are rare birds of prey that we are very lucky to see in Britain. But we also have other incredible wildlife all across the country, from urban foxes to majestic golden eagles, and from wriggling earthworms to snakelocks anemones.

For this competition we invited children to write about any British wildlife – animals, plants and their habitats. The entry could be a story, a poem, a piece of prose, the choice was up to the writer. We were looking for originality, creativity, understanding of the subject and the ability to engage the reader.

The competition is now closed. We've been overwhelmed by over 500 entries, and the standard has been very high. Our judges, Gill Lewis, the children's author, assisted by Liz Cross, Publishing Director at David Fickling Books, now have the challenge of choosing the three winners, who will be notified by 3 August. Each of the winning entries will then be read out on Hen Harrier Day on 8 August, with the overall winner being read by well-known writer Michael Morpurgo.

Thank you so much to everyone who entered; we hope you enjoyed writing your pieces as much as we have enjoyed reading them.